September 2, 2012
O'Mahony tours BC post secondary schools
Released by Jennifer Jones, NDP Caucus
Democrat advanced education critic Michelle Mungall and skills
training critic Gwen O’Mahony will be visiting institutions across
the province this fall to listen to the concerns of students and
promote the New Democrat plan to improve access to learning
opportunities for British Columbians.
“New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix has committed to bringing in a $100
million needs-based, non-repayable student grant program as a way to
equalize opportunities to access advanced education,” said Mungall.
“I’m looking forward to sharing the good news with students,
listening to their concerns and sharing those concerns with my
“Up to 80 per cent of new jobs created over the next decade will
require some form of advanced education or skills training,” said
O’Mahony. “That’s why British Columbians need a government that’s
committed to expanding educational opportunities so that our young
people have the skills needed to fill the jobs of tomorrow. I’m
excited to learn more about the challenges facing students,
institutions and instructors and how we can build on our plan to
reduce inequality and improve the economy by investing in training
the people of this province.”
British Columbian students currently carry an average of $27,000 in
debt after graduating from a four year program. This is the largest
debt load in Canada west of the Maritimes. Making matters worse, the
B.C. government charges the highest provincial interest rates on
student loans in the country, and is one of only two provinces
without a non-repayable student grant program.
Adrian Dix and B.C.'s New Democrats are committed to investing more
resources into the critical area of skills training, and have
proposed a $100 million non-repayable student grant program aimed at
reducing inequality and improving the economy by making advanced
education and skills training more accessible and affordable.
The tour will take Mungall and O'Mahony to communities across the
province including Cranbrook, Kelowna, Vernon, Kamloops, Surrey,
Chilliwack, Nelson, Burnaby, Prince George, and Victoria.
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